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BTP Review: Bosch GTA3800 Miter Saw Stand

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This is one of the best miter saw stand made by Bosch.

Review by: jkirk

As a fiBosch GTA3800 Miter Saw Standnish carpenter, the Bosch GTA3800 miter saw stand is pretty much my favorite miter saw accessory used on the site. In order to work in an efficient and safe manner with my Bosch miter saw, there’s nothing more important than a proper cutting station.  Without such a setup your either stuck with the saw sitting on the ground, which means more user fatigue from kneeling to make a cut along with straining to see the line you’re trying to cut not to mention the lack of proper material supports for cutting longer materials.

In order to have a proper miter saw station, there are two options, the first is to have a shop-built station or a site-built station. Essentially, these are large heavy tables often left stationary in a shop or site. The most commonly used option is a portable miter saw with stand. The portable miter saw stand set up has several advantages. It is lighter in weight, more compact and allows easy transport with the saw still mounted. While other tool manufacturers offer miter saw stands, Bosch has their GTA 3800 Miter Saw Stand. Below you will find my Bosch GTA3800 review.

Noticeable features of the Bosch GTA3800

Bosch GTA3800 Miter Saw StandFrom a distance, the GTA3800 Bosch mitre saw stand is very similar to most styles of folding leg miter saw stands on the market. With a tubular metal construction,  the GTA3800’s support arms slide in and out of the main body of the stand. The supports for the materials can be adjusted vertically to compensate for sag when working with longer materials. This Bosch saw stand, has also 2 large wheels which allow it to be rolled around. And most importantly, the Bosch GTA3800 saw stand, can support just about any mitre saw on the market as the mounting brackets are universal.

What makes the Bosch GTA3800 stand apart from others in the market?

Some of the key features that set apart this Bosch miter saw stand apart include:

  • The GTA 3800 is made of Aircraft grade aluminum which greatly reduces the weight of the stand and also eliminates the issue of rust, where other stands are made of powder coated steel.
  • Mounting brackets, which require zero extra work when mounting the miter saw,  unlike the Milwaukee saw stand which has cams that fold up when you don’t want them to.  The Bosch stand relies on internal spring loaded tabs that work in conjunction with knobs that simply get tightened for locking it down. Even better, is how the knobs won’t back all the way off, which is sometimes an issue on some competitor stands.
  • If you specialize in interior finishing, you will notice the wheels on the stand. Where most stands tend to have heavy duty all terrain style wheels, Bosch has switched to soft rubber inline skate style wheels which are geared directly towards being on finished floors so they won’t mark hardwood.
  • One more key factor for the Bosch stand is the material support brackets themselves. Besides the 3 independent rollers on both brackets, there is also an integrated wing/stop block (call it what you will). This stop block is spring loaded, which when engaged works perfectly for making repetitive cuts of the same length. When done you simply push down on it and unlock the support arm.

Putting the Bosch GTA3800 to workBosch GTA3800 Miter Saw Stand

First thing first, out of the box there was minimal assembly required.  The rollers needed to be installed on the material support brackets, which then get mounted to the support arms. Then, the wheels get bolted to the mounting bracket. There is a stopper that connects to the main body of the stand, which keeps the saw mounted from sliding off even if they are still on the stand when transporting them. It requires about 30 minutes to completely assemble the Bosch miter saw stand with wheels, also including mounting the saw to the brackets.

I have been using the mitre saw stand in conjunction with the Bosch CM8S 8-1/2 In. single bevel sliding compound miter saw.  I had it set up indoors, outdoors, on flat land, and in an uneven ground to test its stability. Even on the uneven ground, the stand maintained perfect balance when using the adjustable foot on one leg.

Final thoughts: The Bosch GTA3800 is a great tool accessory for saving time and money!

Bosch GTA3800 Miter Saw StandMy favorite feature is the stop block wing on the material support. I was cutting horizontal cedar fence slats, all the same length, and by setting the stop and locking down the right arm, I was able to eliminate the need to take out my tape and pencil to mark every piece. By doing so, my cutting time was halved. This feature on the Bosch GTA 3800 will greatly benefit someone having to cut upwards of 100 pcs of the same length. This will save you time, and saving time is saving money.

The 3 independent rollers on the material support work perfectly when sliding long materials back and forth to align it with a cut line, permitting a very smooth operation.  Standing 32.5“ high and 32” long, it has a maximum material support length of 16ft.  The knob style locks for locking down the extension arms are much more efficient than lever style locks.

Where some may prefer the gravity rise style miter saw stand, (which several companies have copied from Bosch) one major advantage I find with the folding stand design is that it is less awkward to carry. The GTA 3800 Bosch design also takes up a lot less space when folded down in comparison to the larger gravity rise stands.

All in all, the Bosch GTA3800 is a well designed saw stand, I find it a pleasure to use when compared to my Milwaukee saw stand, which is heavy and cumbersome. I also find it more convenient than the older style of Dewalt saw stands, that have very poorly designed material supports that will not stay set at a required height to keep material aligned with a saw table.

I highly recommend this Bosch GTA3800 miter saw stand. For more information on this Bosch mitre saw stand GTA3800, including where you can buy it near you, click here.

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7 comments on “BTP Review: Bosch GTA3800 Miter Saw Stand

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    Ebooo

    I have the same stand it’s sturdy I am using my cm10gd mitersaw on it. One leg is adjustable for uneven terrain.extended arms are sturdy. Makes your job easy if you have rapid cuts. You just gotta adjust the stopper.great mitersaw stand.

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    Alex

    Very good and detailed review. I was always curious which miter saw stand to get. I ended up purchasing the T4B but after the review I definitely look into the GTA3800 as well. As a second option for the miter saw or for a another/new miter saw.

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    Brian

    Great review Jeff, some great information about the stand, I like the fact the it’s made out of aluminum, makes it lighter than my mastercraft steel one, also the position of the wheels seems to be better than mine, plus better wheels,
    The other thing that is nice is that stop block wing,
    Will definitely be on the lookout for one of these,
    Thanks for a detailed review.

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      Jeff

      i also have the milwaukee stand which came with my 12 ” milwaukee.. its about 3 1/2 years old now roughly nad its showing wear… one of the welds is starting to go on it.. my biggest complaint is the weight of it as its made of steel..

      the bosch stand is acually longer but much lighter weight only thing i cant do with it when transporting is turn it sideways in the bed of my truck like i can the milwaukee

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    CB

    Bosch includes rollers on the GTA3800 stand, and yet Bosch thrifted rollers out of the similar material extensions on the T4B / GTA2500 (UK/EUR) stands. I’m curious why.

    Also, according to Bosch parts diagrams, some versions of the GTA3800 sawhorse style stand have 5th and 6th pony legs that provide additional support under the extensions, which could be useful for handling the weight of long, heavy, wet, green 2×12 timbers for decks and fence kickers delivered in 20ft lengths and cut to fit on site. Bosch thrifted these pony legs out of the current North American version of the GTA3800 (deduced from a comparison of parts diagrams and online images), and I’m curious why.

    There is also a variation in the extension arms in both the GTA3800 and the T4B. The variation between the two isn’t between models, it is rather between design iterations. It appears that older designs have two staggered, rounded, horizontally oriented extending support arms per side extension, whereas newer designs have only one square tube horizontally oriented extending support arm per side extension.

    At first glance, and without being able to physically wiggle and compare the two design styles, it would appear that the former two arm design might be more stable, as there is more distance encapsulated between the outer surfaces of both arms that are spread apart from each other, than the distance between the outer surfaces of the singular tube. Generally speaking, the more distance between surfaces subjected to compression and tension within a cohesive truss (which is essentially what the staggered extension arm pair serves as) the more resistance to deflection.

    However, in later designs of the GTA3800 and T4B, Bosch moved to a singular tube, that obviously reduces the distance between surfaces in compression and tension. Two tubes is certainly cheaper than four tubes. Did Bosch change design to reduce cost? Are the earlier design iterations of this stand actually superior in extension arm stiffness? Worth scouting Craigslist for? Or is the new singular square tube design functionally superior? Perhaps extending and retracting easier? I’m curious about this as well.

    Finally, the tool support retention design has changed, at least for the North American market. The Bosch tool holders in the UK, European, and Australian markets have cast metal quick release levers that clamp on to the main aluminum extrusion that makes up the backbone of Bosch miter saw stands. The newer North American versions have replaced these tensioned quick release clamps with simpler dial knobs that must be hand wound and unwound upon each tool to stand wedding and separation. Was this again done to reduce costs, by thrifting out the parts count of the clever clamping system? Or were there problems with the quick release clamp that the hand tightened knobs were designed to solve? But if that were the case, why do the European versions still have the quick release clamps? I’m curious about this as well.

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      Jeff

      i cant say for certain why the changes were made to the north american version but more than likely its due to cost.. in order to keep it in a competitive price range with the other stands on the market

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